Fans of early blues and R&B will recognize this Golden Era Gibson hollowbody electric made famous by T Bone Walker, the much heralded ES-350. With its long scale, twin P90 pickups, and large maple laminate 3 1/2" deep body, the ES-350 represents the advancement of early Gibson electric hollowbodies in an amplified setting. Taking its queues from the L5, this Venetian cutaway style steps out of the traditional carved archtop world with an all Maple-laminate construction, furthering the ability of a big box electric to withstand louder stage environments and more powerful amplifiers.
This might be one of the cleanest ES-350s on the market right now. With the exception of some replacement 'Gibson Deluxe' branded gold plated Kluson tuners and the addition of a strap button on the upper bass side bout, this guitar is exceptionally clean with very little wear. The gorgeous original Tobacco Sunburst finish has aged gracefully with little lacquer checking throughout, and perfectly accents the figuring in the laminated maple.
The original dogear P90s are clear and bright, with a lower output more consistent with Gibson's pickup production during this time period. That's not to say it isn't capable of giving up some of that classic P90 bite and growl, but you'll find that this ES-350 can provide some sweet single coil chime in a cleaner setting as well. It delivers as much of that raw early blues tone as it does some great jazz and R&B tone.
Quality examples of these 70 year old masterpieces are becoming fewer and farther between. If you've been on the hunt for a prime example of a Gibson hollowbody electric, your search can end right here.
Price includes non original hardshell case.
- All laminate Maple construction
- Maple neck with rosewood fingerboard and parallelogram inlays
- Body Depth: 3 1/2"
- 25.5" scale length
- 1 11/16" nut width
- Early 50s full C carve
- Original dual P90 pickups
- Independent neck and bridge pickup volume controls
- Master tone control
- Rosewood bridge
- Gold strap button added on upper bout
- Aftermarket 'Gibson Deluxe' Kluson tuners
- Serial # A9424